In this week’s accident roundup, we take a look at two negligence lawsuits and a car accident involving a Philadelphia police car and a civilian vehicle.
Parents Sue Bar & Drexel Fraternities For Son’s Brain Damage
Parents of a Drexel student who suffered a severe brain injury after being punched are suing the bar who served him and members of two Drexel frats for negligence. After a night of heavy drinking at Cavanaugh’s River Deck in Philadelphia, 23-year old Ian McGibbon and two of his frat brothers got into a physical altercation with members of another fraternity. During the fight, McGibbon was knocked down and struck his head on cement, knocking him unconscious.
McGibbon’s fraternity brothers carried him home and left him on a couch while the fraternity’s “risk manager” watched over him until 6 AM, before going to sleep. McGibbon was left there until noon the next day, when his concerned parents went to the fraternity house to check on him.
McGibbon is struggling from several serious injuries, including a spastic left arm, seizure disorder, severe headaches, concentration problems, anxiety, depression, and other psychological and emotional injuries. The student’s brain swelled overnight, and his condition would likely be far less severe if he had received medical treatment immediately following the injury.
His parents have filed a lawsuit against the two frat brothers who brought him back to the house, the fraternity’s risk manager, the student who allegedly knocked out McGibbon, and another student who was involved in the fight. Both fraternities and Cavanaugh’s River Deck are also named in the suit.
2 Philly Police Officers, 1 Civilian Injured In Car Accident
The officers were responding to a report of an armed person, when their car collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Stenton Avenue and East Upsal Street. All three injured parties were taken to Einstein Medical Center. The police car suffered severe front-end damage, while the other vehicle was damaged on the driver-side rear-end.
The cause of the accident was not immediately known.
Couple Collects Settlement In Lawsuit Against Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino
A Delaware County couple recently collected a settlement after suing Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and its operating companies for negligence related to a leg injury. Richard Rice stepped in a hole in the parking garage, which was covered by a rubber matting strip. According to court documents, Mr. Rice claimed to have suffered severe sprains in his left knee and left ankle during the fall. Harrah’s later covered the hole with a wood-like plank.
Mr. Rice was seeking damages in excess of $50,000 plus costs, interests, and other relief. His wife Melissa was seeking equal damages for loss of consortium.
The amount of the settlement has not been disclosed.
Legal Options After Being Injured By Negligence
If you or a loved one has recently been injured and you believed it could have been prevented if it weren’t for someone else’s negligence, we can help. A personal injury lawsuit can help provide financial compensation for damages related to your injury, and hold the negligent party responsible for their carelessness. To find out more, contact us today for a free consultation.